Pogba sends text to teammates amid speculation
Paul Pogba has reportedly told his Manchester United teammates that he is ‘desperate’ to leave and join Barcelona this summer. According to the Daily Mail, Pogba not only informed the squad he wants to leave in the last 48 hours, he has also told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward via text message as well.
It is believed that Barcelona offered £50 million plus Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina in an attempt to lure the 25-year-old to the Nou Camp. Pogba has struggled to live up to expectations at Old Trafford since rejoining from Juventus two years ago, and in recent months the midfielder has appeared to have a strained relationship with the Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho.
United and Barca have not made a deal as of yet, and former Liverpool man Steve Nicol believes Mourinho should do his best to keep Pogba.
“I just don’t see how Man United can get rid of this guy,” Nicol told ESPN FC.
“We’re living in an age where, when the star man has a problem with the manager, it’s now the manager who goes first.
“And I think that’s now what could possible happen in this situation as well.
“Manchester United would be absolutely crazy to sell Pogba.
“As far as Juventus are concerned, how are they going to come up the money?
“And Barcelona are the same. They’ve recently spent £100m and they spent £120m last season with [Philippe] Coutinho.
“Where are they coming up with another £100m plus the salary? So I’m not sure either of them could afford it.
“But Manchester United would be crazy to let Pogba go.”
Barcelona have until August 31 to get their man with the Spanish transfer window not closing until the end of the month.